Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

 Consultation on Admission Arrangements 2023/24

 In line with the School Admissions Code, Cathedral Schools Trust (CST), which is the admission authority, is consulting on the admission arrangements for the following schools within the Trust for the academic year 2023/24; 

  • Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) 11-16 provision 
  • Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) Post 16 provision
  • Cathedral Primary School (CPS)
  • Victoria Park Primary School (VPPS)

The proposal is to remove the staff criterion (see below) from the priority list for admissions for these schools; this is the only change.  The criterion has been in place for a number of years and the admissions authority felt that it was an appropriate time to seek views from all stakeholders to determine whether it is still appropriate.  

*Staff criterion (as set out in Admission Arrangements 2021/22 or 2022/23) - priority will be given to children who are sons/daughters of employees of Cathedral Primary School. This will include all teaching and non-teaching staff who have; 

a. been employed permanently at the school for two or more years at the time at which the application for admission to the school is made, or;

b. where the member of staff is recruited to fill a vacant post for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage.

Please click here to view the proposed admission arrangements for the above schools. 

To view the proposed admission arrangements for Cathedral Primary School please click on the link below; 

Cathedral Primary School (CPS) Draft Admission Arrangements 23/24

Application for an Out of Normal Year Group Request

The consultation process will run from Tuesday 23rd November 2021 to 12 noon on Tuesday 11th January 2022. 

It is important to emphasise that this is a consultation process and that all views will be heard as part of this and a final decision will not be made until after the consultation has ended.

If you would like to comment or offer feedback on the proposed admission arrangements please complete the form here, ticking the relevant box to show which school your comments refer to.  Please note responses received after 12 noon on 10th January 2022 will not be considered.

If you have any queries or requests for hard copies of the admission arrangements please contact:

Mrs Juliet Turner - Admissions Officer, Cathedral Schools Trust via email:


Alternatively you can contact us by post at:

CST Admissions

℅ Trinity Academy

Romney Avenue


Bristol, BS7 9BY

 Variations to our Admission Arrangements effective from 1st September 2021

In line with the introduction of the new School Admissions Code in September 2021, schools which are their own Admission Authorities have been required to put specific variations in place to previously determined admission arrangements for 2021/22 and 2022/23.

These relate to the definition of looked after and previously looked after children (children in care/previously in care whether in England or elsewhere), the definition of 'Home', in year admission procedures and how distance is measured.

These variations were determined for use by Cathedral Schools Trust (CST) who is the admission authority. You can view the Varied Admission Arrangements for 2021/22 and 2022/23 by following the links below: 

CPS Varied Admission Arrangements 2022/23

CPS Varied Admission Arrangements 2021/22

Supplementary Information Form (staff)

Application for an Out of Year Group Request

To view a report on the outcomes of the admission consultation for all trust schools summarising the responses we received and explaining the decisions reached for each school - link to Consultation Report

To view the determined admission arrangements for all schools - link to Admissions Cathedral Schools Trust

 Reception Places 2022

 If your child was born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 you need to apply for a new reception school place to your home local authority.

 School Admissions information is available on-line at for parents/carers to view and download. 

Application deadline is 15th January 2022.

 Visiting Cathedral Primary School & Parent Tours
Due to the challenging start of the academic year and cases of Covid-19 within our school community, we have been unable to organise our usual school tours.
We now have some tours arranged which will begin after the October half term. These will take place on Tuesday mornings at 9.15am and MUST be booked in advance as places are limited. 
Please email (rather than call) the office on: to find out further information and availability.  
To view the Virtual Parent Tour that took place in November 2020, please click here
 Admissions FAQ


1. How do I apply for a Reception place for my child for September 2022?

  • Complete the common application form (CAF) via your home local authority by the specified deadline selecting Cathedral Primary School as a preference. It is not necessary to complete any supplementary information forms to the school.

2. Will Cathedral Primary School know my preference choices on the CAF?

  • No. Cathedral Primary School will not know the preference choices of primary schools made by parents/carers to their home local authority, including where parents/carers have placed CPS on the form. Only the local authority knows this.
  • The local authority will endeavour to offer you a primary school place at your highest preference where there is a place available. Remember your highest preference may not be your first preference.

3. When will I know if my child has been offered a place?

  • Offers of places for September 2022 are made by your home local authority on 16th April 2022, which is the national offer date for primary school places.

4. Does gaining a place at Cathedral Primary School give my child a higher priority for a place at Bristol Cathedral Choir School (BCCS) in the future?

  • Following the consultation during 2018/19, BCCS governors agreed to name Cathedral Primary School as a feeder school. 

5. What is the priority or catchment area?

  • All applications for places are considered under the published admissions criteria, in order of priority, including random allocation to children living in the following Bristol local authority postcode areas BS1 to BS16. Other children not living in Bristol local authority postcode areas BS1 to BS16 will be considered after Bristol applicants.

6. Do I need to go to church to get a place for my child?

  • No. The CPS admission arrangements do not have a faith-based criterion. We accept applications from families of all faiths and none. Please note that CPS is in the process of adopting a Church of England faith designation to become a Church of England voluntary controlled (VC) school. This change is likely to be in place by September 2021. There are no plans to alter the way in which children are admitted to Cathedral Primary School as a result of this change. Pupils will continue to be admitted in line with the order of priority in Cathedral Primary School's oversubscription criteria.

7. Does my child have to be good at music to secure a place?

  • No. Music will be important in the life of the school, but the CPS admission arrangements do not have a music-based criterion.

8. Is distance from the school a factor in gaining a place?

  • No. Proximity to the school is not an oversubscription criteria. All applications for places are considered against the published admissions criteria.

9. If I have a child at Bristol Cathedral Choir School or Cathedral Primary School, will his/her younger sibling have priority for a place at Cathedral Primary School?

  • Following the consultation during 2018/19, CPS governors agreed that priority will be given to children who have a sibling on roll at CPS at the time of application. Priority will not be given to those applicants who have a sibling on roll at BCCS at the time of application.

  In-Year Admissions for 2021 - 2022 Academic Year Only 

The following applications will be treated as In-Year Admissions during 2021-22:

  • Applications for admission to Reception which are received after 1st September 2021 
  • all other applications for admission to Year 1 to Year 6 (late applications for reception 2021 can still be made via your home local authority until 31st August 2021).

 Cathedral Primary School is a very oversubscribed school and we do not have any vacancies in any year group. You are welcome to make an application to go onto the waiting list for the relevant year group for the 2021-22 academic year only. In line with the School Admissions Code we are unable to give parents/carers any indication as to the likelihood of being able to offer a place and for this reason we are unable to offer individual visits to the school. If you are offered a place then we will arrange a meeting for you to come into school.

 Priority will not be given on the basis of the date an application was added to the list. There is no advantage to making an application early. All applications are ranked in line with the over-subscription criteria, in order of priority, as set out in the published admission arrangements 2021-22. Each time a new applicant joins, the waiting list is re ranked in line with the over-subscription criteria, in order of priority, as follows;

  1. Looked after children and previously looked after children;
  2. Children with a sibling on roll at Cathedral Primary School at the time of application;
  3. Children of staff;
  4. Other children by random allocation living in Bristol Postcode areas BS1 to BS16
  5. All other children by random allocation not living in Bristol Postcode areas BS1 to BS16

A full copy of the determined admission arrangements 2021/22 can be viewed here

Who can apply

Applications will be accepted for children who meet one or more of the following:

  • they are resident in the UK
  • they hold full British Citizen Passports
  • they are from countries whose passports have been endorsed to show that they have the right to abode in this country
  • they are from the European Economic Area (EEA).

Applications for children who do not meet one of the above will not be accepted until the child is in this country.

Waiting lists are terminated at the end of the academic year. Applications submitted in previous years do not carry forward into the next academic year.  If you have previously submitted an in year application and were unsuccessful in gaining a place at the school, you will need to submit a new 2021 -22 application. 

If you wish to make an in year application please complete the online form below. Alternatively, you may request a hard copy from admissions at the school. Please read the admission arrangements before completing an application.


In Year application form 2021/22

CPS Varied Admission Arrangements 2021/22


On receipt of your application we will write to you, usually within 5 school working days, with the outcome of your application. If we are unable to offer you a school place, you will have the opportunity to request to go on the waiting list for the duration of the 2021-22 academic year and/or appeal for a school place. Please note there are changes to the appeal process during the coronavirus outbreak.

For information about the formal appeal process, please read the document(s) below;

In Year Appeal Guidance

For further information please contact


Reception Class - September 2021 - Infant Class Size Appeals

Please click on the links below to view relevant documents.

For information about how places have been allocated please click here - Allocation Statement

Parents should submit Infant Class Size appeal forms by Monday 24th May 2021 to:

The Admissions Officer
Cathedral Schools Trust
College Square